WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging President Donald Trump’s family and staff to stage an intervention.
“I wish that his family, the administration and his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday at a news conference.
Pelosi said she believes Trump used her Wednesday morning comment accusing him of “engaging in a cover-up” as an excuse to call off a meeting later in the day with her, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic lawmakers.
“That is not the reason [he ended the meeting]; that was an excuse for him to do that.”
Pelosi said she believes Trump wants Democrats to impeach him because he believes he will benefit politically.
On Wednesday morning, Trump abruptly ended a scheduled White House meeting with Pelosi, Schumer, and other Democratic lawmakers.
The meeting was set up to continue talks on a tentative deal on a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The group first met three weeks earlier.
Trump had written Pelosi and Schumer on Tuesday night to suggest that Congress approve the administration’s trade reform proposal before pivoting to infrastructure.
Shortly after walking out of Wednesday’s meeting with the Democrats, Trump held a news conference at the White House Rose Garden. The president said he told Schumer, Pelosi and the other Democratic lawmakers in attendance at the meeting that he could not work with them on infrastructure until they got these “phony investigations” into his administration “over with.”
The point of contention arose from comments Pelosi had made that morning, when she told reporters that she believes Trump is “engaged in a cover-up.”
Pelosi made the comments came after a closed-door meeting with House Democrats earlier in the morning in which members discussed the status of ongoing investigations. The meeting was arranged after several high-ranking Democrats insinuated that recent events may have made impeachment proceedings necessary.
Pelosi has eschewed talk of impeachment.